2018: New Year, new you?

Maybe you’re the type to have already made five resolutions and have them written down in your bullet journal, or maybe you don’t believe in making yearly resolutions and make short-term goals for yourself instead. Whatever stance you take on the matter, the start of a new calendar year and a new term is the perfect time to re-evaluate your plans, habits, virtues and vices. While personal self-reflection is a key factor in any New Year’s resolution list, here are some general ideas that could be a good starting point for the New You.

Find your study style: this is especially applicable to first year students, but even if you’ve been making Quizlet flash cards for years, some re-assessment could still be helpful. Do you like to make diagrams to help memorise information? Do you type your notes or hand-write them? The first few weeks of a new term are the best time to test out which techniques work best for you and to fine-tune your study style.

Keep your flat clean: It can be hard to find the time and motivation to clean when all you want to do is lie in bed and consume Netflix and takeaway food. That being said, a clean environment can help clear your mind. Plus, I’m sure your flatmates would be grateful. Grab some yellow gloves and a pack of wipes and go to town, Steve Harrington-style.

Spend your money wisely: this is one that probably pops into your head every month right after your rent is due. Whilst being  frugal is a vital factor in student life, sometimes you need to treat yourself with something special to keep you motivated. Keeping track of your expenses can be as simple as taking note of everything you spend in your phone.

Make more time for yourself: in my opinion this is the most important resolution. Being at university is about learning and doing things to further your knowledge, but that doesn’t mean you should stop taking care of your mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. If you’re not in the right headspace to do an assignment, do something else and come back to it. Self-care isn’t something to put on the backburner.

2018 is here, whether that means something to you or not. Hopefully these resolutions will inspire you to make your own, and push yourself to achieve your goals!

image: kschneider2991 via pixabay 

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